Restrict Data Usage by App - Pixel™ / Pixel XL, Phone by Google

Caution Some apps depend upon background data (transferring data when not directly in use). Restricting background data may cause those apps to stop functioning unless a Wi-Fi connection is available.

  1. From a Home screen, touch and swipe up to display all apps.
  2. Navigate: Settings Settings app icon > Network & Internet Network & Internet settings icon > Data usage Data usage icon.
  3. Tap App data usage.
  4. Tap an app (located below the usage graph).
  5. Tap Background data to turn on on switch or off off switch.
    Note Turn on to enable usage of cellular data in the background
  6. If presented, review the message then tap OK.


Note Click here for info on setting data limits and warnings, changing the usage cycle on your device and viewing data usage by app.